London has 4,000 homeless, mostly migrants from new EU states

The number increases from 2,500 three years ago.

05 July 2010:
The UK capital now has 4,000 homeless, as against 2,500 three years ago. Studies suggest London homeless tally is on a rise, as migrants from new EU states increase.
Statistically speaking, almost one fourth of London’s rough sleepers are from new EU states.

homeless3.pngThe report goes on to suggest rising unemployment is turning around the phenomenon of decline in homelessness in the capital.

The migrants from former eastern bloc countries joining the EU have no right to public funds and only limited access to the services, unless they have worked full-time for a year. The aftermath is often isolation and homelessness, says the report.

Referring to a series of interviews taken in London as homeless queued for breakfast provided by charities, the report said a substantial number of them slept outside, often on church steps.

They scavenge at markets because so much good food was thrown away, and their days were spent tramping between shelters or begging. An hour got them less than a pound.
The report echoes the findings of an earlier report by Homeless Link. The previous report had showed an increase in the percentage of rough sleepers from the eight accession countries from 18 per cent to 25 per cent.

The report had added while the number of Central and Eastern European rough sleepers has reduced in several of the inner London boroughs that have had long standing issues with this population and taken action to address the issue, numbers have increased significantly in some outer London areas.

The new report suggests a majority of the rough sleepers come here in search of greener pastures, but eventually find themselves faced with limited opportunities. In some cases, they eventually become destitute.

The figures are being published by database Chain, or Combined Homeless and Information Network, maintained by Broadway, a homeless charity.

The report says the greatest single factor adding on to the is the minuscule fraction of 1.5 million migrants coming in search of work from the EU’s new border regions, but eventually landed on the streets with the economy going into a tailspin.

The rough sleepers and the homeless are more often than not left to fend for themselves.
British charities say that while the tide of largescale migration from eastern Europe has largely reversed, many people are staying on thinking there is a only a limited safety net in their own country.

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